Acer GD235HZ review
A 3D LCD monitor from Acer
This year Acer have launched a new monitor, namely the GD235HZ. This new monitor not only plays 3D games, it also does many other things. Here are our test and review.
The GD235HZ model has a 23-inch display, weighs 5.8 Kg, has a depth of 1.9 inches, a maximum resolution of 1920×1080, a 0.2715 Pixel Pitch, 120Hz (maximum) Refresh Rate, 6Bit + HiFRC, 2ms Response Time, 16.7 million colors, 80.000:1 Max (ACM)/1000:1 (Native) Contrast Ratio, 300cd/m2 Brightness, 1x HDMI (w/HDMI), 1x DVI, 1x VGA inputs, 170°C (H)/160°C (V) Viewing Angles, Vesa 100mm Wall Mount and internal power supply.
The design on this monitor is similar to the company’s other models: the chassis is black, there is an X-shaped foot stand featuring orange highlights on the edges and the corners are sharp.
Compared to other non-LED gaming monitors, the new Acer is light. As far as ergonomics go, this model can tilt back 10 degrees; and that’s all. The bezel measures 1 inch on the left and right sides; it also comes with a Vesa wall-mounting capability made possible through four screw holes that can be found on the back of the monitor.
Not simple menu navigation
You will find the power button on the front of the monitor; the latter features a bright blue LED light. The underside of the bezel contains five buttons that, once pressed, bring up the onscreen display.
This onscreen display, or simply OSD, comes with buttons for contrast, RGB color controls, brightness and color temperature. There are five presets here: Text, User, Graphics, Standard and Movie. Navigation through the full OSD is not that simple, but after a while you get the hang of it.
Some connectivity problems
Connections face downward, not upward, and this makes it difficult to connect cables.
A problem we discovered while testing the new Acer monitor was the backlight luminance: it tends to cloud after a while of working with the monitor. Also, the Color Tracking test showed issues with green tint, but, other than that, it displayed linear and dark to light progression of color very well.
Our other tests revealed no drawbacks with black text on white background and we encountered no problem with fonts: they were clearly visible on the monitor. But we noticed a lot of blooming with blue and pink fonts on a black background.
Not very good viewing angles
As for the viewing angle, the Acer GD235HZ uses a TN panel which made it appear very dark when we looked at it from below. Looking at it from the left and right angle worked well, although the text on the monitor became difficult to read from a 30-degree perspective in the mime of this review.
The power consumption in our tests was very decent. We registered a Default/On power draw of 37.5 watts and a Sleep/Standby power draw of 2.8 watts.
When watching movies, dark details are easy to see and colors have a green tint. Color quality and vibrancy when playing games are excellent.
Nvidia 3D Vision Technology
As for the 3D aspect, the new Acer monitor uses Nvidia 3D Vision Technology. Photos viewed in 3D shift their perspective when you move your head; but the 3D option doesn’t make them stand out. Also, foreground objects lack any degree of depth. Photos look sharp, but they tend to display the famous green tints on dark-skinned subjects or objects.
The Acer GD235HZ ships with a 3-year limited warranty for parts and labor. On the company’s Internet page there is a form where users can enter their e-mail address for questions regarding support issues and they can also browse through drivers if they want to change the monitor’s display.
In conclusion, after the tests performed for this review, this new Acer GD235HZ is a very good pick for people wanting a monitor that offers the possibility to watch movies and play videos in 3D and comes with interesting features.
|– LCD 23.6 “|
|– Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels|
|– Dynamic contrast: 80 000: 1|
|– Brightness: 300 cd/m2|
|– Response time: 2 ms|
|– Connectors: HDMI, VGA, DVI|